The Frost Fair (Christopher Redman, Book 4) by Edward Marston

By Edward Marston

Christmas, 1669. within the grip of the coldest iciness for years, the River Thames is frozen from financial institution to financial institution and London celebrates with a standard frost reasonable hung on its extensive again. Revellers come from everywhere to benefit from the spectacle. one of the throng is bold younger architect Christopher Redmayne. unintentionally he meets an exceptional buddy, Constable Jonathan Bale, attending together with his kin. because the adults speak, Bale’s sons skate round them. yet their aggressive nature spells difficulty onto skinny ice and is at risk of crashing into the freezing water less than. Christopher and Jonathan keep the boy yet make a chilling discovery – the frozen corpse of a unadorned guy embedded within the ice. Bale vows to enquire yet Christopher sees no cause to contain himself additional till his personal brother Henry is accused of the homicide and thrown in detention center. Now Henry faces execution if Christopher can't turn out his innocence. The architect needs to chance all he holds pricey, either professionally and for my part, to discover the reality.

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All on board are well—present my kind remembrances to Captain and Mrs. Bligh, and believe me Yours very sincerely Thos. Pasley P. S. 2 Preparations for the voyage took several months, mainly at the Deptford shipyard on the Thames, with its docks and slipways, its huge storehouse and long rows of workshops. Bligh received two ships. One was the 28-gun, three-decked Providence, a new West Indiaman, designed to carry large cargoes. QXD 3/6/02 12:56 PM Page 12 Th e L i f e o f M a t t h e w F l i n d e r s complement of 200 that included twenty marines, a security Bligh did not have on the Bounty.

2 Preparations for the voyage took several months, mainly at the Deptford shipyard on the Thames, with its docks and slipways, its huge storehouse and long rows of workshops. Bligh received two ships. One was the 28-gun, three-decked Providence, a new West Indiaman, designed to carry large cargoes. QXD 3/6/02 12:56 PM Page 12 Th e L i f e o f M a t t h e w F l i n d e r s complement of 200 that included twenty marines, a security Bligh did not have on the Bounty. The second was the small, two-masted brig Assistant to serve as tender, with 27 men, among them four marines, all commanded by Lieutenant Nathaniel Portlock, an experienced and science-minded sailor.

At 10 the signal to engage . . 5 A few shots were exchanged, but darkness came on with heavy rain and thick haze, and the French ships vanished into the gloom. In December 1793 the Bellerophon returned for the winter to the naval anchorage at Spithead, in the strait between the Isle of Wight and the English mainland. The ship’s refit began: repairs, replacements, sides and stern repainted. Flinders recorded a cold winter, squally, with sleet and snow in January. In April 1794 Captain William Pasley was promoted to rearadmiral, and Flinders, still with him on the Bellerophon, became an aide-de-camp.

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